Daily D – John 14:16-17
John 14:16, 17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of Truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. (CSB)
because I have lived with integrity
and have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
Test me, LORD, and try me;
examine my heart and mind.
For your faithfulness guides me,
and I live by your truth.
but lies are soon exposed.
Proverbs 12:19, New Living Translation
We live in a choose-your-own-truth world. Many people declare there is no such thing as truth. What they mean by this most often is that your understanding of truth is wrong. Otherwise, they would not make such a truth claim that there is no such thing as truth.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life,” (John 14:6, my emphasis added). All truth is God’s truth. Truth is what he says it is. He is the final authority on all things. He is our Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Judge, and Redeemer.
All authority is God’s. Any authority we have and hold or grant to others or others exercise over us is temporarily delegated. In the end, every authoritarian will account for his or her administration of that delegated authority. Rush Limbaugh was right when he said, “Talent on loan from God.” We are stewards of authority, not owners.
The affect of our lives, our effectiveness in living, loving, and stewarding influence is about as enduring and beneficial as our alignment with God’s truth. King David knew this. His son Solomon recognized this. Jesus declared it and demonstrated it.
How many times have you seen someone in a television show or movie swear to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing less than the truth”? It is impossible for someone to do this if he or she does not recognize the existence of truth. Justice then becomes injustice. Rights, unalienable or civil, do not exist with trustworthy application.
Truthless living leads to disorder and chaos. Power becomes more important than social contracts. Anarchy eventually comes for us all. The National Guard is not clear on who to push back or when to shoot.
Truthlessness turns children into experiments. They can be sexualized, idealized, indoctrinated, and manipulated.
Truthlessness empowers politicians to say spending trillions of dollars is really revenue neutral. Our credit card companies think otherwise when we make similar declarations.
We need more truth, not less. We need the protection truth provides. We need the liberty truth provides. We need the predictability truth provides.
We need more Jesus.
We need more Holy Spirit.
The good news is we have as much truth as we need as we align and attune our hearts and minds with Jesus. We can live what is true because the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. The ambiguities of our age fall away as we experience and embrace God’s truth.
I will live in step with the Spirit of Truth.
Our Father, teach me your truth. Deliver me from every lie. Empower me to communicate your truth so that all may live in the glorious freedom your truth provides. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.